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"But I Gathered My Courage": HIV Self-Testing as a Pathway of Empowerment Among Ugandan Female Sex Workers.

Jonas Wachinger, Daniel Kibuuka Musoke, Catherine E Oldenburg, Till Bärnighausen, Katrina F Ortblad, Shannon A McMahon,

HIV self-testing (HIVST) increases HIV testing in diverse populations, but little is known about the experiences of individuals who self-test. We used a five-step framework approach to analyze 62 qualitative interviews with 33 female sex workers (FSWs) participating in an HIVST trial in urban Uganda. Notions of empowerment emerged from ... Read more >>

Qual Health Res (Qualitative health research)
[2021, 31(3):443-457]

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Negotiating Female Genital Cutting in a Transnational Context.

R Elise B Johansen, Salma A E Ahmed,

In this article, we explore migrant Somali and Sudanese women's reflections and decision-making regarding female genital cutting in a transnational context wherein women are compelled to maneuver between contradictory social norms. These include traditional norms, which consider the practice to be associated with socially acceptable sexuality and reproduction, and international ... Read more >>

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[2021, 31(3):458-471]

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Acceptance of the HPV Vaccine in a Multiethnic Sample of Latinx Mothers.

Ana Cristina Lindsay, Madelyne J Valdez, Denisse Delgado, Emily Restrepo, Yessica M Guzmán, Phillip Granberry,

This descriptive qualitative study explored Latinx mothers' acceptance of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for their adolescent children. Data were collected through individual, semi-structured interviews and analyzed using a hybrid method of thematic analysis that incorporated deductive and inductive approaches. Twenty-two (<i>n</i> = 22), mostly foreign-born, Latinx mothers of male ... Read more >>

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[2021, 31(3):472-483]

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Social Processes Informing Toileting Behavior Among Adolescent and Adult Women: Social Cognitive Theory as an Interpretative Lens.

Jeni Hebert-Beirne, Deepa R Camenga, Aimee S James, Sonya S Brady, Diane K Newman, Kathryn L Burgio, Lisa Kane Low, Cecilia T Hardacker, Sheila Gahagan, Beverly Rosa Williams,

Little is known about social processes shaping adolescent and adult women's toileting behaviors. The "Study of Habits, Attitudes, Realities, and Experiences" (SHARE) examines adolescent and adult women's experiences related to bladder health across the life course. Forty-four focus groups with 360 participants organized by six age groups were conducted across ... Read more >>

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[2021, 31(3):430-442]

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Living With Fear: Experiences of Danish Parents in Vulnerable Positions During Pregnancy and in the Postnatal Period.

Marianne Stistrup Frederiksen, Virginia Schmied, Charlotte Overgaard,

Targeted services are recommended to pregnant women/parents in vulnerable positions to support their well-being and improve health outcomes; however, being offered extra services is associated with feelings of fear and anxiety. Adopting an ethnographic approach, we explore what parents fear, how and why they experience fear, and how this shapes ... Read more >>

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[2021, 31(3):564-577]

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Not Enough Money and Too Many Thoughts: Exploring Perceptions of Mental Health in Two Ugandan Districts Through the Mental Health Literacy Framework.

Amanda P Miller, Leo Ziegel, Stephen Mugamba, Emmanuel Kyasanku, Jennifer A Wagman, Violet Nkwanzi-Lubega, Gertrude Nakigozi, Godfrey Kigozi, Fred Nalugoda, Grace Kigozi, James Nkale, Stephen Watya, William Ddaaki,

Mental health disorders account for a heavy disease burden in Uganda. In order to provide culturally appropriate mental health prevention and treatment approaches, it is necessary to understand how mental health is conceptualized in the population. Three focus group discussions (FGDs) and 31 in-depth interviews (IDIs) were conducted with men ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1049732320986164]

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The Construction of "Self" in Individuals With Congenital Facial Palsy.

Laura Davies, Andrea Halewood, Elizabeth Jenkinson,

Congenital facial palsy is a rare medical condition that causes paralysis of the facial muscles, lack of facial expression, and an unusual appearance. Findings from developmental psychology suggest that the face plays a central role in the construction of self. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 adults born with congenital ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1049732320983789]

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Multidimensional Property Supplementation: A Method for Discovering and Describing Emergent Qualities of Concepts in Grounded Theory Research.

Linus Johnsson,

Multidimensional property supplementation is a grounded theory method for analysis that conceives of concepts as multidimensional spaces of possibilities. It is applied in an iterative process comprising four steps: <i>expansion</i>, whereby vague codes are split and contraries postulated; <i>abstraction</i> of practically significant differences in terms of properties and dimensions; <i>geometrization</i> ... Read more >>

Qual Health Res (Qualitative health research)
[2021, 31(1):184-200]

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"You Can't Ignore a Number This Big": Gender, Risk, and Responsibility in Online Advocacy for Women's Brain Health.

Victoria Mohr, Annelies Kleinherenbrink, Piia Varis,

Alzheimer's disease affects more women than men and has therefore been highlighted as a women's issue. However, there is much debate regarding the nature of this gap, with some studies pointing to sex/gender differences in longevity to explain the disparity. Against this background of empirical uncertainty, we ask how online ... Read more >>

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"Love Can't Be Taken to the Hospital. If It Were Possible, It Would Be Better": Patients' Experiences of Being Cared for in an Intensive Care Unit.

Gianfranco Sanson, Alessia Lobefalo, Adriana Fascì,

In this study, we aimed to explore the experiences of being cared for in an intensive care unit (ICU) through patients' memories. We adopted a convergent parallel mixed-method design. We interviewed 100 patients shortly after their ICU discharge. Content analysis revealed 14 categories and 49 codes grouped according to themes ... Read more >>

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[2020, :1049732320982276]

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Social Representations of Immigrant Patients: Physicians' Discourse.

Chatzimpyros Vasileios, Baka Aphrodite, Dikaiou Maria,

With the global increase of migration and the effects of the economic crisis, health systems around the world are facing new challenges. In this context, we investigated the social representations of health provision to immigrant patients, held by physicians. We conducted 40 interviews with Greek physicians working in the public ... Read more >>

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[2020, :1049732320979814]

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The Social Ecology of Power in Participatory Health Research.

Maria Roura,

As increasing value is placed on community engagement, co-creation, and transdisciplinarity as essential ingredients to improve policies; participatory health research has gained popularity as a promising avenue for stakeholders to collaborate and solve problems in innovative ways. Participatory research has a history of success but important caveats caution against romanticizing ... Read more >>

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[2020, :1049732320979187]

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Exploring Participation and Interaction in a Bottom-Up Health Promotion Program for Migrant Women in Norway.

Yan Zhao, Trude Gjernes, Marianne Hedlund,

In this article, we examine the participation and interactions of migrant women and experts who attended health parties. Based on data from participation observations and semi-structured interviews from participants of health parties, we examine how health parties may be considered an innovative bottom-up community program that could influence how migrant ... Read more >>

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[2020, :1049732320980397]

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Achieving Recovery Through Resilience: Insights From Adults in Midlife Living With Anorexia Nervosa.

Leslie A McCallum, Ramona Alaggia,

Despite the high percentage of adults living with anorexia nervosa (AN) over the life course, there is limited understanding of what it means to be living with AN in midlife when the majority of research has focused on adolescents and young adults. As such, clinical practice for individuals in midlife ... Read more >>

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[2020, :1049732320978202]

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Social Relationships in Nurses' Caring of Adolescents and Emerging Adults With Life-Limiting Illnesses or Injuries.

Jane A Evered,

A multidisciplinary literature theorizes the nurse-patient relationship. Nurses' experiences with and within people's social worlds are comparatively underexamined. The purpose of this dimensional analysis inquiry was to uncover dimensions of social relationships in nurses' caring for adolescents and emerging adults with life-limiting illnesses and injuries. Semi-structured interviews with 21 nurses ... Read more >>

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[2021, 31(3):578-589]

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The Challenges of Conducting Qualitative Research on "couples" in Abusive Intimate Partner Relationships Involving Substance Use.

Beverly Love, Juliet Henderson, Amy Johnson, Danielle Stephens-Lewis, David Gadd, Polly Radcliffe, Elizabeth Gilchrist, Gail Gilchrist,

Undertaking qualitative dyad or couple interviews involving intimate partner abuse and substance use presents considerable ethical, safeguarding, and theoretical challenges throughout the research process from recruitment to conducting interviews and analysis. These challenges and how they were managed are outlined using the experience from a qualitative study of 14 heterosexual ... Read more >>

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[2020, :1049732320975722]

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Moving Beyond Text-and-Talk in Qualitative Health Research: Methodological Considerations of Using Multiple Media for Data Collection.

Anri Smit, Leslie Swartz, Jason Bantjes, Rizwana Roomaney, Bronwyne Coetzee,

Qualitative researchers are increasingly making use of multiple media to collect data within a single study. Such approaches may have the potential to generate rich insights; however, there are also potential methodological challenges in simultaneously analyzing data from multiple media. Using three case studies from our work with women who ... Read more >>

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[2021, 31(3):600-614]

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How Adults With Serious Mental Illness Learn and Use Wellness Recovery Action Plan's Recovery Framework.

Ryan Petros, Phyllis Solomon,

This study was conducted to investigate how adults with serious mental illness learn and utilize an illness self-management framework for pursuing recovery through a program called Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). The researchers employed an interpretive descriptive methodology with thematic analysis. Data were collected from three focus groups (<i>n</i> = ... Read more >>

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[2020, :1049732320975729]

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"We All Join Hands": Perceptions of the Kangaroo Method Among Female Relatives of Newborns in The Gambia.

Helen Brotherton, Maura Daly, Penda Johm, Bintou Jarju, Joanna Schellenberg, Loveday Penn-Kekana, Joy Elizabeth Lawn,

Family support is essential for kangaroo mother care (KMC), but there is limited research regarding perceptions of female relatives, and none published from West African contexts. In-depth interviews were conducted from July to August 2017 with a purposive sample of 11 female relatives of preterm neonates admitted to The Gambia's ... Read more >>

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[2020, :1049732320976365]

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How to Save a Life: Vital Clues From Men Who Have Attempted Suicide.

John L Oliffe, Olivier Ferlatte, John S Ogrodniczuk, Zac E Seidler, David Kealy, Simon M Rice,

Male suicide rates are high and rising, and important insights can be gleaned from understanding the experiences of men who have attempted suicide. Drawing from a grounded theory photovoice study of diverse Canadian men, three intertwined thematic processes were derived: (a) preceding death struggles, (b) life-ending attempts and saving graces, ... Read more >>

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[2021, 31(3):415-429]

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Sources of Distress for Residents With Chronic Critical Illness and Ventilator Dependence in Long-Term Care.

A Fuchsia Howard, Sarah Crowe, Laura Choroszewski, Joe Kovatch, Adrianne J Haynes, Joan Ford, Scott Beck, Gregory J Haljan,

Limited understanding of the psychological challenges experienced by individuals with chronic critical illness hampers efforts to deliver quality care. We used an interpretive description approach to explore sources of distress for individuals with chronic critical illness in residential care, wherein we interviewed six residents, 11 family members, and 21 staff. ... Read more >>

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[2021, 31(3):550-563]

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Traditional Medicine and Help-Seeking Behaviors for Health Problems Among Somali Bantu Refugees Resettled in the United States.

Mehret T Assefa, Rochelle L Frounfelker, Shanze A Tahir, Jenna M Berent, Abdirahman Abdi, Theresa S Betancourt,

Somali refugees have resettled in the United States in large numbers. The focus of this study was specifically on the Somali Bantu refugees, an ethnic minority group from Somalia. The goal of this study was to understand the following: (a) jinn (invisible beings or forces in Islamic theology) and related ... Read more >>

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A Life Course Perspective on Growing Older With Cerebral Palsy.

Amanda Carroll, Dara Chan, Deborah Thorpe, Ilana Levin, Nancy Bagatell,

Despite most children with cerebral palsy (CP) now living within typical life spans, little is known about how the effects of CP unfold across the life course and impact participation in everyday life during adulthood. In this study, we explored the experiences of 38 adults growing older with CP. Data ... Read more >>

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[2020, :1049732320971247]

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Ethics Review Boards for Research With Human Participants: Past, Present, and Future.

Maya Peled-Raz, Shay S Tzafrir, Guy Enosh, Yael Efron, Israel Issi Doron,

The debate around ethics review boards (IRBs) has assumed an increasingly central place in academic practice and discourse. In this article, we summarize a unique workshop (study-group) that convened at the University of Haifa, attended by 27 academics from around the globe, representing nine countries in four continents. The participants ... Read more >>

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[2021, 31(3):590-599]

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The Reproductive Health Priorities, Concerns, and Needs of Women in Midlife: A Feminist Poststructuralist Qualitative Analysis.

Amy Alspaugh, Eun-Ok Im, Melody D Reibel, Julie Barroso,

Reproductive health research rarely involves the inclusion of women over 40, creating a large knowledge gap regarding women in midlife. Women continue to have reproductive health needs, concerns, and priorities up to the point of menopause that should be examined to improve reproductive health outcomes and provide individualized care. In-depth, ... Read more >>

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